People of all ages and all backgrounds work as care professionals in North Yorkshire – so come and join the team and make a difference to people’s lives.
That’s the message as the county’s social care leaders send out an appeal for people to join a profession which offers a rewarding lifetime career.
All sorts of people across the county have made this life-changing step into the care profession, from builders and retail workers to accountants, young graduates and parents wanting flexible but rewarding work.
“We have people who have joined us from all different types of experiences, some from the entertainment sector; actors, drummers, from the travel sectors; pilots, cabin crew, and everything in-between” said Cllr Michael Harrison, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Adult Services and Health Integration.
“People do not need to have experience – if you have empathy, if you enjoy solving problems for people and getting things done to help people lead as fulfilling lives as possible – then you will thrive in this role.
“There is a great career to be had in care and great stability and we support people who join us with career development. Many who start on the frontline with no previous qualifications can progress to become team leaders, moving into management and professional roles such as social workers, occupational therapists, nurses and public health consultants.
“From the word go you can make a big difference to somebody’s life in this job; the work that you do really counts towards improving lives and no two days are the same.”
Across the county North Yorkshire has 20,000 people working in the care sector, from the 13,000 care and support workers in 500 organisations providing services in residential care and people’s homes through to social workers, project managers and administrators.
On any given day there are at least 1,000 jobs available across the county.
Never has the need for people to work in care been so great and North Yorkshire is joining the national campaign to encourage people to step into the profession.
“Come and join us in this great work,” said Richard Webb, North Yorkshire County Council’s Corporate Director for Health and Adult Services
“There has never been a more urgent need for people to consider a career in care than now and never a more opportune time to come into it.
“We are proud of our care professionals In North Yorkshire. They are a great and diverse band of people who do fantastic work across the county to make life better in whatever way they can for the people they care for.
“It is far more than just a job.
“It’s about building relationships and helping people achieve often simple, daily tasks which they are no longer able to complete by themselves. It’s about supporting people, often with fascinating life stories, to live well and with dignity.”
“Being a care professional is something I am so proud of. Every day in the job is different and at the end of every day I always feel I have made a difference,” said Flavia Nyambira, a North Yorkshire care and support worker.
Flavia has worked for the last four years helping people who have come out of hospital or experienced a physical or mental difficulty, to get back on their own feet in their own home.
She came into the care profession after 11 years working in the British Army as a postal and courier service operator in Germany. When Flavia was posted back to Catterick with her soldier husband and their three children she started to look for work that she could fit around her family.
She said: “I absolutely loved being a care worker from day one and in this job I am supported and given every opportunity to do the work to the best of my ability.”
You can find out more and apply for jobs across the care sector directly on the Make Care Matter recruitment website;